Today, Microsoft Loop was released to “Public Preview”, meaning anyone can now install and start using the new application in their tenant to test it out. So…
What is Microsoft Loop?
Loop is a little difficult to explain because it really is its own thing. The idea is that you can quickly created “workspaces” that have pages, and those pages have “components” that can be added to them. (Sounds a lot like web sites, web pages, and widgets/web parts/etc., right? Same idea.)
The secret sauce is that these components update real-time across applications in Microsoft 365, so if you update a component’s content in Teams, your update will appear in the component that was sent in an e-mail.
The concept behind this is the same as sharing Office documents that are rendered using Office Online. A Loop component (a file with a .fluid extension) is stored in the OneDrive account of the person who created it. When the component is shared with others, they are editing the live file, much like users can co-author an Office document, whether they are editing it as a tab in Teams or using their desktop Office application. In this case, users are all co-authoring the .fluid file and it is being rendered “live” in whatever application you are viewing it in.
To learn a little more about how Loop works, take a look at Microsoft’s intro video here.